Steering wheels are generally considered quite handy. They hold buttons, make noises and point you in different directions.
But when TG's Piers Ward went to Santa Pod to drive a dragster, he found another use - holding on for dear life.
We sent him as a fearless merchant of speed. He came back shivering. That's what 7.8-litres of V8 power pushing out 800bhp will do to you.
0-60mph? 1.3 seconds. Automotive crack at its best. Get the full lowdown in the June issue of TopGear magazine. In the meantime, watch and weep, puny roadcars...